Louise Lecavalier jumps without a net into this choreography, pushing the body to a point of no return. A plunge, in fact a masterstroke.
Swept up in a maelstrom, Lecavalier goes on the attack at almost unbelievable speed to the visceral rhythms of Mercan Dede, the alchemical musician who makes dervishes whirl virtually to a trance. Balancing on the tightrope of her life and yet perfectly in control, she shows what she is capable of and more in a perilous solo, revealing a burning fire within and the very depths of her atomic blue soul. In a flow of movements as fleeting as thoughts she becomes breath, energy, light. And then, under renewed tension, she pits herself against the dancer Frédéric Tavernini in a wild and frantic duo-duel. An intense, cathartic journey.
After Is You Me in 2008, followed by Children and A Few Minutes of Lock, a highlight of the 2010 FTA, Louise Lecavalier jumps without a net into this choreography, pushing the body to a point of no return. A plunge, a magnificent feat, a masterstroke. A must.
PRODUCED BY FOU GLORIEUX
CREATED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY LOUISE LECAVALIER
PERFORMED BY LOUISE LECAVALIER + FRÉDÉRIC TAVERNINI
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR AND ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHFRANCE BRUYÈRE
LIGHTING DESIGN ALAIN LORTIE
MUSIC MERCAN DEDE
ADDITIONAL MUSIC NORMAND-PIERRE BILODEAU + DAFT PUNK + MEIKO KAJI
REMIXING NORMAND-PIERRE BILODEAU + PHILIPPE DUPEYROUX
COSTUME DESIGN YSO
PHOTO ANDRÉ CORNELLIER
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES + TANZHAUS NRW (DÜSSELDORF) + THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE (PARIS) + HELLERAU (DRESDEN) + NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE (OTTAWA)
CREATIVE RESIDENCY SZENE SALZBOURG
WRITTEN BY ANNE VIAU
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT TANZHAUS NRW, DÜSSELDORF, ON DECEMBER 7, 2012
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
LOUISE LECAVALIER (MONTRÉAL)
Louise Lecavalier first danced for Édouard Lock in 1981 in Oranges and proudly wore the colours of La La La Human Steps until 1999. Those were years of a rare intensity marked by works that have since become mythical (Human Sex, New Demons, Infante, 2), complete with scintillating collaborations (David Bowie, Frank Zappa). Committed body and soul to her art, Lecavalier passionately incarnated an extreme dance, striking the imagination of an entire generation. She then pursued, in solo and duo work, her research into the possibilities of movement, strength, lack of constraint and the intelligence of the body, particularly the profoundly human quality underpinning our desire to take flight.
With her eloquently named company Fou glorieux, founded in 2006, she took the liberty to explore and provoke encounters with artists of opposing, often iconoclastic visions such as Tedd Robinson (Lula and the Sailor, Cobalt rouge), Benoît Lachambre (I Is Memory and Is You Me, FTA 2008), Crystal Pite (Lone Epic) and Nigel Charnock (Children). After the double bill of Children and A Few Minutes of Lock, presented at the FTA in 2010 and then all over the world, she imposed her choreographic colours with So Blue. In this new pivotal period in a long and fabulous adventure as a “dance worker”, she is assisted by France Bruyère, a long-time artistic collaborator, and by the Montreal-based French dancer and choreographer Frédéric Tavernini, her former partner in Tedd Robinson’s Cobalt rouge.